2. Military Police.
a. The MP providing area security play a key role in the battle to control the rear area. They are a
response force to enemy attempts to disrupt or demoralize military operations in the rear area. Their
mobility make it possible for them to detect the threat as they aggressively patrol the road networks and
key terrain features throughout the rear area. Their organic communications enables them to advise
the rear CP/rear area operations centers (RAOCs), bases, base clusters, and moving units of
impending enemy activity.
b. MP are the response for level II threat in the rear area. MP act to counter small enemy
incursions attempting to gain access to loading zones (LZs), drop zones (DZs), and avenues of
approach to critical assets. MP also react to airborne, airmobile, or ground incursions.
3. Battle Area.
a. Initiative: Aggressively deny the enemy LZs, restrict access to critical bases, and ensure
continuous logistical support.
b. Depth: Ensure distribution of support so close in combat is not dependent on one facility or
storage area. Plan alternate support and be prepared to shift support without interruption.
c. Agility: Anticipate and react to any rear operations threat by moving necessary forces to defeat
d. Synchronization: Sustain combat support (CS) and combat service support (CSS) forward, and
coordinate combat assets simultaneously to neutralize rear operations threat without degradation of
4. Security Operations.
MP support the battle by conducting their area security mission when needed.
This is done by
performing one or more of their area security operations.
a. Area reconnaissance and surveillance. As part of their area security mission MP serve as the
eyes and ears of the commander in the rear area by seeking and reporting information by
reconnaissance of their area of responsibility. Information gained from the reconnaissance help the
commander guard against unexpected enemy attack. MP monitor avenues of approach, LZs and DZs
to give early warning of airborne or heliborne enemy attack. MP seek information about towns,
ridgelines, woods, and other terrain features from which the enemy can disrupt movement.
b. Security of designated critical assets. MP provide security to CP, convoys, ammunition supply
points (ASPs), pipelines, railways, and deep water ports. MP are not resourced for this operation and a
trade off in other MP missions will occur.